I love music, I am a big fan of classic rock as well as the blues. I also have a growing collections of vinyl record albums. Unfortunately, I cant take that collection on the train with me when I go to work, therefore, like everyone else on the planet I rely on my ipod. There is a huge debate about which sounds better: vinyl or MP3. While there certainly is a difference, what I concentrate on is how the sounds is hitting your ears. Any music is going to sound horrible if it is being delivered by sub par equipment.
Even vaunted Apple gets flack all the time regarding the quality of the iconic white ear phones that are package with every one of their ipods. Seemingly to answer the need for high quality audio headphones, Beats By Dre was the first to hit the market with a fully realized product for everyday consumers. Transferring the quality of high end studio headphones with the added benefit of a sleek and fashionable look, Beats was almost destined to be a huge hit. The impact is even more apparent when you count the number of copy cats quickly trying to take advantage of Beats by Dre’s popularity and cultural impact. The only thing holding me back from picking up one for myself was the price. At $300, I just couldn’t justify the cost no matter how cool it was.
Thankfully, Beats by Dre released the Solo HD. While not having the noise canceling function or the over the ear design, the Solo HD still gives the great performance that I have now come to expect from the brand. Not to mention, the added benefits of being able to talk on the phone using the headphones as well. In my mind, while the Studio brought the look and feel of an actual music studio headphones to the masses, the Solo HD are true everyday headphones and honestly the perfect match for an era where phone and MP3 player are the same device. The fact that the headphones are a full $100 less than the studio version is a major plus, especially when considering them for a father’s day present. Honestly, this would be great for any dad regardless whether they are an audiophile or not. Like probably everyone, I know shopping at the last minute can be super hectic that is why I was so glad to pick the headphones I purchased for my dad at Radio Shack, it helps to know that there is one just about everywhere. The Beat’s By Dre Solo HD comes in multiple colors including the traditional black and white and retail for about $200.